Through exhibitions, programs and partnerships we strive to be an active community resource, connecting contemporary audiences to Esherick’s brilliant creations and the beauty of the everyday.

Current Exhibition

Imprint 2019

March 2, 2019 – May 26, 2019

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: Sunday, March 10, 1-4PM

Recognizing the important role printmaking played in Esherick’s development as an artist, the Wharton Esherick Museum’s annual high school print competition encourages new generations of young artists in the medium of relief printmaking. Each year art classes from the Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia Counties are invited to explore Esherick’s legacy and the rich artistic vision he expressed through woodblock prints. From the submissions, a jury of Museum staff and professional artists select finalists for the exhibition along with first, second and third place prize winners. The exhibition is on display in our Visitor Center.

Exhibitions in our Visitor Center are free to the public. This does not include admission to the Museum for which advance reservations are required.

Current Exhibition

Becky Suss/Wharton Esherick 

March 4, 2019 – March 31, 2019

The Wharton Esherick Museum is thrilled to present a selection of paintings by Becky Suss from her Wharton Esherick Studio series. Recently on view in Becky Suss/Wharton Esherick, an exhibition at Fleisher/Ollman in Philadelphia, this temporary integration of Suss’s paintings into the Museum’s immersive collection brings full circle an exchange between the site and the artist, completing the collaboration that began last year.

Becky Suss is known for paintings that explore domestic interiors, from architecture and furniture to artworks, decor, and books. Her paintings are oblique memorials to family and family friends who once inhabited the interiors she depicts. While always devoid of figures, the paintings are nonetheless portraits of people. Diverging from her usual role of memory painter, in the Esherick series, Suss trained her eye on a very specific set of interiors, engaging with the actual spaces in “real” time during an informal residency at the Museum, as well as through photographic documentation.

Presented by Fleisher/Ollman, Becky Suss/Wharton Esherick displayed Suss’s paintings of the Wharton Esherick Studio accompanied by furniture, furnishings, and sculpture made by Wharton Esherick and ephemera from his home and studio. As Wharton Esherick Museum Curator and Program Director Laura Heemer describes it, ”This second phase of the exhibition enfolds Becky Suss’s paintings back into the Studio from which they were inspired, displaying her work not only in the Visitor Center exhibition area, but incorporated among Esherick’s belongings. In his own life, Esherick surrounded himself with creative friendships that inspired and fueled his artistic practice. Suss’s paintings in the Studio remind us of this cycle of inspiration between artists and between generations.”

Check out press coverage for Becky Suss/Wharton Esherick at Fleisher/Ollman in Hyperallergic and Artblog.

The exhibition is on display in the Visitor Center and inside the Museum.

Exhibitions in our Visitor Center are free to the public. This does not include admission to the Museum for which advance reservations are required.

Upcoming Exhibition

Artist Opportunities

Art at the Airport: 9th Annual Imprint Exhibition
Art at the Airport: 9th Annual Imprint Exhibition
Details coming soon
26th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition
26th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition
Deadline: July 1, 2019
The 10th Annual Imprint Competition & Exhibition
The 10th Annual Imprint Competition & Exhibition
Deadline: Closed

Everything Else

Center for Creative Works Residency

In April of 2018, the Wharton Esherick Museum launched a new partnership with the Center for Creative Works, an art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. During the residency, six artists from CCW will be on site weekly to draw inspiration from Esherick’s work through observation, sketching, model-making and discussion. With guidance from furniture makers Ken Burton and Walt Wynne the resident CCW artists will focus on stool design and construction, refining their style and technique at the CCW woodshop and facilities in Wynnewood.

Philly Touch Tours

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and other generous funders, the Wharton Esherick Museum has engaged Philly Touch Tours to design, develop and host accessible touch experiences for people with vision loss. Philly Touch Tours LLC, founded in 2015, provides accessibility consulting and touch tour program design for museums and cultural institutions and Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training for museum and cultural institution staff. Philly Touch Tours will, in collaboration with the Museum, design and facilitate touch tours, provide training for Museum staff and volunteers on leading tours for individuals with vision loss and produce Braille and large print materials. The program aims to inspire curiosity and facilitate a meaningful experience for people with vision loss, while disseminating information about The Wharton Esherick Museum’s history, its collection and its active engagement with the public.

CraftNOW

Launched in 2014, CraftNOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s craft community in a celebration of the city’s rich legacy of craft, its internationally-recognized contemporary craft scene, and its important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. Through both creating and spotlighting events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, CraftNOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

The Wharton Esherick Museum is a proud member of the consortium of individuals, galleries, museums, universities, retailers, and civic organizations who participate in CraftNOW each November. For details on CraftNOW events for 2018 visit our event calendar.